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Pet Travel Question: "Can we relocate our dog to Singapore after we move there?"

Monday, March 11, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: McCarthy
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mixed
From: Hong Kong
To: Singapore

 

Hi There,

We are relocating in May, and for various reasons, we prefer that our dog relocate two to three months after we arrive in Singapore. Is it possible for him to join us later?

Best regards,
McCarthy

 

Greetings,

Yes, this is possible. We often move pets after a family has already moved, and in fact we often recommend it. If your pet can stay with a friend or at a trusted boarding facility for a few days or weeks, you'll have time to deal with your own move and settle in to your new place without worrying about more than you need to. Welcoming your pet into a home that's been unpacked when you're feeling more relaxed will make the move transition much smoother.

Here are the import requirements for Singapore in case you'd like to take a look. We recommend starting the process early, and if you're interested in our door-to-door services, you can fill out our free quote form. Hope this helps! Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you soon.

 

Pet News Links: Pet-Friendly Trends Around The World

Friday, March 1, 2013 by Caitlin Moore

 

Happy Friday, pet lovers! Have a wonderful day and a great weekend (and check out the top pet news of the month).

Pampered pets in Singapore.

Austin does it well. Nashville, not so much. How cities can improve kill-rates and help stray animals find homes.

Something just plain cool: the future of airport architecture.

Pet-friendly workplaces (one of our favorite topics).

Top 10: Pet Travel Gear.

A Chicago hospital allows visiting hours for pets.

A news update for pets moving to Perth.

Like infographics? Here are Pet travel trends illustrated by HomeAway.

 

Pet Travel Question: Moving Cats to the United States

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Stacie
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic Cat
From: Singapore
To: USA

Hi,

Can you tell me what vaccinations/check ups are required prior to relocation from Singapore to the US and in what time frame? Is quarantine required once back in the US if all necessary vaccinations and checks are done prior to relocation?

Thanks,
Stacie
 

Hello Stacie,

Thanks for getting in touch with us! Please start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. The procedures are actually pretty straightforward, and your primary concern will be to obtain a rabies vaccine at least 30 days before departure as well as an international health certificate. There is no quarantine for pets entering into the United States.

Please contact us if you have any more questions, and good luck!

Pet Travel to Singapore Customer Story: "Singapore Kitty"

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Robbie
Pet's Name: Purrla
From: Clearwater, FL
To: Singapore
 

A year ago we found out that we might be moving to Singapore. I had been offered an opportunity with a teaching hospital, and although I was not seeking an overseas position at the time, it really looked like this was going to work out and be a great new adventure.

During the next few months a lot of decisions had to be made. Do we try to sell the house, what do we take and do we want to store some things? And the biggest question was: what do we do with Purrla?

Purrla is our orange and white female cat that our daughter got through a feral cat society in Tennessee five years ago. She was just a kitten then, and she of course immediately took our hearts. Our daughter got her and less than three months later found out that she was going to have to be traveling extensively with her job, so Purrla was offered to Mom and Dad. We knew that we would love to have her and off we went on a plane back to Florida with Purrla in a carry-on kitty carrier.

That was an awful experience. She did not like the carrier, tried to get out constantly, and was miserable the whole trip. And so our saga began. This kitty definitely was not a traveler. Just a trip in the car was traumatic, and when going to the vet she cried and she was definitely not going into a carrier. Needless to say when we considered taking her with us to Singapore it was a decision fraught with problems.

So I began doing research last summer and found the PetRelocation folks online. I know that they thought I was crazy, I had so many questions and worries. We already knew that she did not like to travel, and it turns out that coming to Singapore to live is a very complicated process. There is a ton of paperwork on the US and Singapore side along with a quarantine period that is a variable depending on when the pet had their last rabies injection.

Well, to complicate matters we did sell the house and were in temporary housing in the US for a period, and eventually got our travel date for January 9, 2013. Purrla was with us through all this, and showed that she was a trooper. We got the carrier early and followed the crate-training suggestions made by the PetRelocation staff. She learned to love her little hiding place. We would keep it open and near us when we were watching TV or reading and she would often go have a lie down on her favorite blanket.

As our travel date approached, Lenneke of PetRelocation worked with our local veterinarian to make sure that all the paperwork was complete and that Purrla was safe and ready for her big journey.

On January 12, 2013, Purrla flew from Florida to Frankfurt, Germany. She had a rest break there for several hours and on January 14 landed in Singapore. She went to The Ricted Quarantine Facility here in Singapore where she stayed for 10 days in her own little "hotel" room. We were able to visit her and she looked great and was eating well.

On January 24 she was delivered by Linus to our new apartment here in Singapore. She is healthy, adapting well to her new surroundings, and is very grateful to be home.

I want to thank the staff of PetRelocation, especially Lenneke Nieuwland and Lee Maaz for all of their help and encouragement and for assisting Purrla to her new home in Singapore.




Pet Travel Question: Moving Older Dogs

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Summer
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Poodle
From: Singapore
To: United States

My poodle is 16 years old. She is pretty healthy except she has asthma from time to time. Given her old age, is it okay to move to the U.S, where the climate is very different from her home country?

Thanks,

Summer

 

Hi Summer,

This is a great question. First, before planning a pet move we do recommend having an honest discussion with your vet, as he or she will be the best person to advise you about your dog's options. If you decide to go forward, you'll want to be sure to choose a pet-friendly airline and a travel crate that's nice and large so that it allows good air flow.

Know that we've moved many older dogs safely, and in fact here's a discussion from our blog about how to move older dogs. For your information, here are the pet travel requirements for the United States, as well.

Please review this information and then let us know if you have any more questions. Good luck!
 

Pet News Links: Holiday Pet Tips and World Pet Trends

Friday, December 14, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

Happy Friday, everyone! Before the weekend begins, stop to catch up with the latest pet travel news.

 

Giving gifts that aren't clutter: smart phone apps for pet owners.

Winter travel tips for dogs.

Obviously: pets do not make good Christmas gifts.

Be careful to help your pet avoid toxic treats at this time of year.

Singapore pet owners honor their pets in the newspaper.

Pinterest is a great place for pet lovers.

And so is Instagram!

 

 

Pet Travel Question: International Pet Shipping Decisions

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Noelle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
From: Singapore
To: Alabama

Hello,

We are moving from Singapore to Alabama next year. We are Irish and will possibly return to Ireland for two months before moving to Alabama. Obviously we want to take our pet with us, so we're just wondering if we should send her from Singapore directly or bring her home to Ireland and then on to Alabama. Does it make a difference regarding quarantine?

Thanks,

Noelle

 

Hi Noelle,

Thanks for contacting us with your question. First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States and for Ireland. Though there is no actual quarantine you'll need to fulfill, more traveling means more time, money, and stress for you and your dog, so it will require some serious thought on your part as well as a talk with your vet to decide what will work best for you. The decision will also depend on how comfortable your dog is with traveling. Some pets would do just fine with your proposed scenario, while others would be better off spending minimal time in the air.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further with a pet relocation specialist, and good luck with the trip!

Don't Rush It: Why It's Important to Allow at Least 30 Days to Plan a Pet Move

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Caitlin Moore

 

When it comes to planning important (and complicated) things like relocations, it can feel like time is speeding by. Before you know it it's moving day and you're trying to make sure that everything is taken care of, and at this point all you can do is hope you didn't forget anything too important.

If you're moving a pet with you and haven't taken the time to investigate all the import rules and regulations that may apply, it's all too easy to discover that you've overlooked something that could cause your pet's departure to be delayed.

Some of the stress can be avoided by starting the move process early, but why exactly do you need at least a month to put together a pet move (and at least six months for some international pet moves)? Read on to find out.

 

Veterinary Requirements – Many countries require vaccinations to be at least a month old at the time of departure, and often the microchip (another requirement) must be implanted before the vaccines are administered. One mistake or omission related to these could delay a pet’s trip by weeks or even months.

Import Permits – It often takes at least 30 days to secure import permits for international moves. Australia, for example, takes three to six weeks to issue an import permit. Note also that import permits must be obtained before other arrangements can be made, so the whole chain of events depends on this important factor. Some countries also require notification of a pet’s arrival (Japan needs 40 days notice), so that’s one more thing to plan for.

Government Endorsements – Many moves require both a USDA endorsement of health documents as well as endorsements from the destination government. For instance Saudi Arabia needs both USDA and Consulate endorsements, and each of these can take about a week to secure.

Titer Tests – For rabies-free countries that require a titer test in addition to the regular rabies vaccine (these countries include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Singapore), an additional three to four weeks should be allowed for in the planning process.

Quarantine Reservations – During busy months, such as summer travel season and during the holidays, many quarantine stations are fully booked. Waiting lists in places like Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand can be months long, so it’s important to reserve a spot well in advance of the move date. In general, moving to any destination with a quarantine (Hawaii is also included in this category) will demand extra time, so pets going to these places can’t wait until the last minute.

Crate Training – If a pet isn’t already crate-trained, owners will need to work on doing so as soon as they know they’re moving. Depending on the pet, this process can take weeks or months to accomplish.

 

Still not convinced that you’ll need a month’s head start? Here are some pitfalls that pet owners should watch out for if they’ve waited until the last minute:

Incomplete or Inaccurate Vet Records - We’ve seen it many times -- pet owners who have gone to the vet regularly over the years think they’re in good shape, but in terms of the strict standards of international travel, often this isn’t the case. Again, vaccines must often be done in a certain order beginning at least 30 days in advance, and some countries, including Japan, require they be done six months ahead of time.

Agent Availability – Waiting until the last minute means our preferred agents might already booked with other jobs, so travel dates may have to be altered to fit their schedules or second-choice agents will need to be found.

Flight Complications – Pet travel by air entails more than just buying a ticket when you need it. You have to choose a pet-safe flight on a plane with cargo doors large enough to accommodate a travel kennel (some planes are just too small), and then you have to request the booking. After that, the airline must verify that everything is in order and make contact with a destination agent, and all of this can take several days to finalize.

Time Differences - With international moves, dealing with time differences makes communicating with agents and officials more challenging, thus taking care of import permits, reserving quarantine space, and making other arrangements all becomes a little trickier.

The Stress Factor – Rushing to put together a pet move is no fun for anyone involved. Relocating is stressful enough without feeling like it’s a race against the clock, so put yourself ahead of the game by allowing plenty of time to plan your move.  

 

Please contact PetRelocation.com if you have any questions about how to move your pet, and happy well-planned traveling, everyone!

Pet Move Customer Testimonial: Chewie's Move to Singapore

Thursday, March 15, 2012 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Alicia
Pet's Name: Chewie
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: Singapore
 

My fiance was considering taking a job in Singapore with this company as a chance to give us world experience and the opportunity to travel. I told him I would go, if my dog Chewie could go as well.

Chewie is an eight pound Pomeranian Maltese and basically my child. PetRelocation.com was suggested to us by my fiance's company, and Matt & Abbey were extremely knowledgeable in local laws and policies, proactive to make sure everything stayed on time, and were quick to respond when we lost all the important documents the day we were supposed to depart.

My dog Chewie did wonderfully and is adjusting well to her new home on the other side of the world thanks to a lot of hard work by Abbey in particular.



Pet Travel Question: Moving Abroad with Cats

Thursday, October 20, 2011 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Kerry
From: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
To: Lima, Peru
Pets: Two Cats (Tiger and Trouble)

From what I understand this is going to require a lot of planning, so I wanted to start as early as possible. I have read conflicting information and would like to clarify exactly what is required of me to make this move with my cats. Will they be quarantined? As a teacher I am flexible and able to go to almost any country, so any suggestions of what country would be easiest and safest to travel to with my cats would be greatly appreciated.  I am worried about my cats being a bit on the older side and that one of them is overweight. I am unsure if this will make the move more dangerous.

Thanks,
Kerry


Hi Kerry,

Thank you for submitting a question to us! You're right that pet travel requires plenty of planning, and getting an early start is definitely a smart idea. When moving older pets or those with delicate dispositions, first of all it's important to talk to your vet about whether or not they're healthy enough for the trip, and if they're not, to try to see about how you can improve their health by helping them lose weight, etc.

Second, it's important to choose a pet-friendly airline with established pet policies (we often fly with KLM, Lufthansa and Continental). Beyond that, spend some time researching the various pet import requirements for the countries on your list (here are the import requirement for Peru). Places like Australia and Singapore have quarantines, but others are less strict.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any more questions or if you'd like some help planning your move when the time comes. Good luck!

Top Relocation Destinations: Moving Pets to Singapore

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

singapore skylineAccording to Cartus Corporation, a global relocation management service, the top destinations for companies transferring their employees have remained consistent over the last few years.

Many places, such as the United States, the UK and China, have experienced steady numbers of transferees, and a few others, such as Singapore, have seen dramatic increases in corporate relocations. Singapore is a bustling hub for business and industry populated by about 5 million people, thus it's no surprise that this can be a top destination for relocating -- and relocating with pets.


Steps for Moving a Pet to Singapore

Moving to Singapore with pets requires about two to four months of careful preparation, and depending on where you're coming from, you'll also be facing quarantines of varying length. For the Continental US, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Austria, France, Germany and Italy these are the steps to keep in mind:


1.  Six Months Continuous Residence in Country of Export (or since birth)


Your issuing veterinarian (i.e. local veterinarian) will need to state on the health certificate that your pet has resided continuously in the country of export for the six months prior to departure or since birth.

Your government veterinarian (for example, the USDA) will also need to be willing to endorse paperwork stating that your pet has resided continuously in the country of export. Check with your specialist about this one, as there are exceptions (such as pets coming from Shanghai).

2.  Microchip

Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785, and AVID 9-digit chips are accepted as well.

3.  First Rabies Vaccination & Certificate & All Other Vaccinations

All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation, and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain - some are good for two years, others are only good for one.  This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine. For import into Singapore, the first rabies vaccine must be OLDER than four months.

Other Vaccinations (List on Separate Certificate)

Dogs:
Distemper*
Hepatitis*
Parvovirus*

Cats
Cat Flu (Feline calcivirus, Feline viral rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia psittaci)*
Cat Enteritis (Feline Panieukopaenia / Feline parvovirus)*

*At least two weeks prior to import.


(Wait 30 days between these two steps)



4. Rabies Serology (FAVN) Test

Your vet will need to perform a rabies blood test on your pet at least 30 days after the first rabies vaccination, but within six months prior to export.  The results need to show your pet has a rabies titre test of =/> .5 IU/mL.

5. Second Rabies Vaccination & Certificate

All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain - some are good for two years, others are only good for one.  This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine. For import into Singapore, the second rabies vaccine must be OLDER than 30 days at the time of import. The second rabies vaccine must be given AFTER the titer blood draw. It can be performed on the same day as long as it is done in the correct order.

6. Reserve Quarantine Space

Once the original lab results come back from the rabies serology FAVN test, you will be ready to apply for quarantine space. Be aware that there is often a wait for quarantine space in the summer and around the holidays, so apply early for a reservation during these times.

7. Import Permit

You must obtain an import permit prior to arrival in Singapore.

8. Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001) & AVA Veterinary Certificate

These need to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian, and it must be issued within seven days of the flight.  It must also be stated the pet was treated for external parasites within 2-10 days prior to the flight, and internal parasites within four days of the flight.

9. USDA Endorsement

The Vet Health Certificate needs to be endorsed along with all supporting documents. Please contact your PetRelocation representative about the best way to handle this.

10. Quarantine

There is now a 10-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Singapore for pets coming from the Continental US, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Austria, France, Germany and Italy, and reservations must be made with the Singapore Animal Quarantine Station prior to arrival. Though travelers are often nervous about putting their pets into quarantine, be aware that Singapore facilities are known for being welcoming and safe; pet owners can visit every day, yards are available for playtime, and in our experience staff members have been consistently friendly and accommodating.

You can find out more about Singapore quarantine facilities on our site.


If you're bringing pets to Singapore from a country other than the ones mentioned above, please consult the Singapore government website, and if you have questions about any of these regulations, please contact a Pet Relocation Specialist for more information.



Pet Travel Question: Moving Pets to Singapore

Thursday, September 29, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kelly
Number of Pets: 5
Pet Type: 1 dog, 4 cats
Pet Breed: Dog - Labrador Retriever, cats - mixed breeds
From: Southern California
To: Singapore

I am extremely concerned about relocating my pets this distance and for the quarantine period. My dog is almost 12 (not young for a Lab) and one of the cats is very skittish.

What is the most efficient way to relocate the animals from Southern California and how will they be treated during the quarantine period? What additional services can your firm provide to make this process as risk-free and easy on them as possible?

Thanks,
Kelly


Hi Kelly,

Thanks for your question! Your concerns are certainly understandable; moving with your beloved pets can be very stressful. We offer door-to-door services and often handle moves to Singapore, however, and would be happy to help you.

If you decide to enlist our services, a Pet Relocation Specialist would advise you regarding how to prepare your pets (with the proper vaccines, travel crates, etc.) and would handle all the details of your pets' move. For a better idea of what this would entail, take a look at the pet import requirements for Singapore. You can also check out Singapooch, a great blog about canine life in Singapore. (Singapooch also happens to be written by former customers of ours!).

Please contact us for more information or for a free quote. Hope to hear from you soon!

Pet Travel Question: Moving Dogs to Singapore

Thursday, September 29, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Melanie
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Bulldog
From: Bangkok, Thailand
To: Singapore

Hi,
My dog was vaccinated as a puppy in 2005 and every year since then he has had booster shots.  What does this mean if I am planning to move to Singapore? What is required?

Thanks,
Melanie



Hi Melanie,

These are the pet import requirements for Singapore. You'll need updated vaccines as well as the Rabies FAVN test, and upon arrival there is a 30-day quarantine for pets coming from Thailand. You can find more information here, and you're welcome to contact our pet relocation specialists if you have any more questions.

Good luck with your travels!




Moving Pets to Malaysia: Importing Pets to Sabah and Sarawak

Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

mapSabah and Sarawak are two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. Brunei and Indonesia are also located on Borneo, and since these states have different import requirements from the rest of Malaysia, pet travel here can be a confusing issue to sort out.

PetRelocation.com recently moved some clients here, so we learned all about the do's and don'ts of importing pets to Sabah and Sarawak. Here is what we found.

First of all, be aware that Malaysia is not particularly pet-friendly, and local authorities may have regulations regarding the number of dogs that can be kept within residences.

The import requirements for Sarawak and Sabah can be broken into two categories:

Category 1
(United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, Brunei and Singapore)

When importing pets from one of these countries, an import permit and a health certificate issued within seven days of departure will be necessary. The certificate must be issued by an approved veterinary authority and state that:

1. No case of rabies has been reported to have occurred in the country during the previous six months.

2. The pet has been in the country for at least six months.

3. The pet has been examined and found to be healthy and free from any clinical sign of infectious or contagious disease at the time of examination and certification prior to export.

Category 2
(All other countries not listed above)

When importing pets from a country not listed above, an import permit and a health certificate issued within seven days of departure will be necessary. The certificate must be issued by an approved veterinary authority and state that:

1. The pet has been examined and found to be healthy and free from any clinical sign of rabies and infectious or contagious diseases at the time of examination and certification prior to export.

2. The pet has been vaccinated against rabies using an approved anti-rabies vaccine prior to export at least six months prior to export and less than one year.

3. The vaccination history, treatments given and health status must all be certified.

4. A rabies serology report showing rabies antibodies of more than 0.5 iu/ml.


Quarantine

Upon arrival from a Category 2 country, the animal will be placed in quarantine for a minimum of 30 days or a maximum of 180 days. The exact quarantine period is 180 days minus the number of days from the date of the last vaccination. (This is similar to Australia's current quarantine policy). As long as the rabies vaccine is more than six months and less than one year old, the quarantine period is 30 days.

According to the information we found, the available quarantine facilities are located about ten minutes away from Piasau Camp and Lutong. Twice-daily visits can be arranged (weekend visits may be difficult to manage), and the cost is low -- a few Malaysian dollars a day.

Estimated quarantine fees:
Dogs: Large - RM 5.00, Small - RM 3.00
Cats: All Sizes-  RM 3.00
Quarantine Certificate: RM 2.00


Banned Breeds

Pitt Bulls (including American Pitt Bull Terriers), American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bull dogs and mixes, Akitas, Neopolitan Mastiffs, Tosas, Dogo Argentines, Fila Brasileiros, Boerboels, Perro de Presa Canarios and mixes.


Routes/Airlines

If a pet requires quarantine they must fly into Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Penang or Padang Besar where the quarantine facilities are located. It's recommended that pets fly with KLM (via Amsterdam) or Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) into Kuala Lumpur. Cathay Pacific (via Hong Kong) or Malaysia out of LAX with a stop in Taipei are two other possibilities.

In preparation for pet travel to Sabah and Sarawak, it's also necessary to secure a microchip, approved travel crate, Rabies Titer Test and other necessary vaccines depending on the breed.



This information provides a good start, but there are more details involved with travel to Sabah and Sarawak. Please contact your pet relocation specialist with any further questions or concerns, and feel free to leave your Malaysia travel tips in the comments below.




 

Pet Travel Question: Rabbits to Malaysia

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Chia
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Rabbits
From: Singapore
To: Malaysia

Please advise what I should do to bring two of my rabbits to Malaysia and then back to Singapore. Thanks :)


Hi Chia,

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for Malaysia as well as the guide to importing exotic pets. Specifically, The Department of Veterinary Services for Malaysia offers some helpful information that will shed some light on how to bring rabbits to Malaysia. As for Singapore, entry with rabbits is dependent on your compliance with the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore.

In terms of general advice, here's a resource regarding rabbit travel that may be of use to you, and you're welcome to peruse our blog as well, as this topic does come up from time to time.

Thanks for the question, and please contact us if you need any more assistance!

Pet Move Customer Testimonial: Lucy's Move to Singapore

Thursday, June 16, 2011 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Ricky
Pet's Name: Lucy Blue
From: Breckenridge, Colorado
To: Singapore

When we first discussed relocating to Singapore for a couple of years, our major concern was our chocolate lab, Lucy, as we couldn't imagine going without her. She had traveled across the US a number of times by car, but had never gone anywhere in the cargo hold of a plane.

We were also concerned about a potential long stay in quarantine for her, not to mention the paperwork and shots involved for export/import requirements. When we learned that quarantine in Singapore would only be 10 days if the paperwork and immunizations were absolutely perfect, we thought it was a possibility. After hearing of PetRelocation.com and the door-to-door service they provide along with expert advice about everything from travel crates to flight routes, our minds were put at ease enough to go ahead with the move.

In retrospect, I couldn't imagine doing this kind of move without PetRelocation.com. It was clear from how Cara Scott and her team handled the process that this company loves animals, understands their important roles as family members, and wants to do the best for their furry customers. Cara's attention to detail and the reminders and assistance she provided every step of the way decreased our stress around this move substantially. We will be calling them again when we return to the US!



Singapore Pet Quarantine: From a Dog's Perspective

Monday, June 6, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

Pet travelers going to places like Australia and Malaysia are often concerned to hear they have to undergo a quarantine. While this sounds like a scary prospect, in reality many quarantine facilities are great about meeting pets' needs and making specific country requirements as manageable as possible.


Lucy

Just ask Lucy, a dog we recently moved to Singapore. After moving from Colorado, Lucy completed the prescribed quarantine and has even been blogging about her experience.

If you have any trouble visualizing what a quarantine actually entails, check out Singapooch, which is full of great information and a video illustrating that, just because she couldn't go home for a few days, Lucy remained a pretty happy dog.

Moving a pet to Singapore? Find out what you need to know on our site and feel free to contact us if you have questions about anything related to pet travel!

Pet Travel Update: New Import Health Standards for Cats and Dogs to New Zealand

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

If you're planning a pet move to New Zealand anytime soon, take note that they are instituting a few changes to their import requirements that began May 27, 2011. While all travelers are encouraged to follow the new standards, there will be a one-month implementation period from May 27 to June 27 where cats and dogs can either be imported under the new import health standards or the old ones.

Here's a little more info from the official website:

During the one-month change-over period, pets can follow the quarantine period from either the old or new import standards, regardless of which tests and treatments they have undergone.

For example:

-Pets from the United Kingdom, Hawaii, Ireland, Norway, Singapore and Sweden who enter the country before or on June 27 are not required to undergo quarantine.

-Pets from other countries where quarantine is reduced under the new standards (most other countries including the USA and South Africa) who enter New Zealand before or on June 26 will undergo the reduced 10-day quarantine period.

-Pets from Australia are not required to undergo a quarantine. Beginning June 28, all Australian airport checks must be done by an official vet and will only be done during certain hours (see the Guidance Document for more details).

-That being said, everyone is urged to prepare all pets under the new standards. Beginning on June 28, all pets must meet the new requirements based on their country of origin. If they fail to meet these requirements, they may not be eligible for import to New Zealand, or may be required to undergo further testing and treatment in quarantine.

-Pets from the United Kingdom, Hawaii, Ireland, Norway, Singapore and Sweden who enter New Zealand starting on June 28 require an import permit prior to entry and a 10-day quarantine period upon arrival.


Find more information about New Zealand's health standards as well as the change-over period for dog and cat importation, and please contact PetRelocation.com if you have any questions.

Dog Blog: Lucy's Relocation to Singapore

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by Caitlin Moore

LucyWe're not the only ones who like to blog... It looks like Lucy, a dog we're in the process of moving to Singapore from the US, has her very own blog!

Lucy has been living in Colorado, but she's now on her way (along with her parents, of course) to live a life of excitement overseas.

It's always fun (and informative) to learn about the pet relocation process from a dog's-eye view, so if you have a move ahead of you, are curious about Lufthansa Airlines or want to know more about Singapore, take a look at Singapooch. It's a fun read!

We wish Lucy safe travels, and can't wait to follow her adventures in her new home!


 

Pet Travel Question: Returning Pets to New Zealand

Thursday, May 19, 2011 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Lyn
Number of Pets: Two
Pet Type: Dogs
Pet Breed: Dachshund and Lab
From: New Zealand
To: Indonesia

We are moving soon to Indonesia (Java) for two years. We would like to bring our dogs with us. We have no problem getting them to Indonesia - the problem is bringing them back. We have heard we will have to send them to Singapore for six months before we can bring them back. Is this true? Will they be in quarantine in Singapore? Is there another way around this?

Hi Lyn,

Thanks for the question! First review the pet import requirements for New Zealand -- you're right that this is a tougher country to enter, and quarantine rules will come into play. It may also help to read the true story of a pet move to Australia in order to get a better idea of how a process like this works from start to finish.

Let us know if you have any questions about these regulations, Lyn! We'd be happy to help you with your move.

Good luck with everything!